- Drill (UK Band)
Infobox musical artist
Name = Drill
Img_capt = Drill
Landscape = yes
Background = group_or_band
Newcastle upon Tyne, Englandflagicon|England
Industrial rock Noise rock Alternative rock
Years_active = 1989 – 1994
Label = Abstract
URL = [http://www.drilluk.com drill official site]
Current_members = Kevin Wilkinson
Past_members = Tony O'Brien
Drill are a band from North East England. They were formed in early 1989 and released albums on the Abstract Sounds, Retribution Records and Muza Muza labels. After splitting in 1994 they reformed in 2005 and have been writing and recording new material for a new album due for release in 2008.
Drill are notable for not using a drummer and for writing
industrial rockmusic with time signatureand tempochanges within each song and for writing songs that do not follow the typical verse, chorus, bridge etc song structures.
1989 - 1994
Kev Wilkinson and Tony O'Brien started Drill in 1989. Following the success of early demos and support slots with
Bomb Disneyland(later to be known as Bomb Everything) and Ride the band recorded and released the albumSkin Down in 1991 on Abstract Sounds. The album was well received by the music press, with Melody Makerdescribing it as "a musical white knuckle ride". The line up at the this time was:
To promote the album the band was booked to tour the UK with the band Pitchshifter, however on the eve of the tour the tour bus was involved in a serious road crash during which the tour bus overturned injuring several members of the band.
Dave Craig was replaced by Andy Hunns before the band recorded and released the album White Finger in 1992 again on
Abstract Sounds. For one track on the album "The sound of rock", they were joined by guest drummer Gary Binns and Chris McCormack from the band Forgodsake. Chris McCormack later went on to form 3 Colours Red.
The White Finger album saw the band use sampling and move towards a more electronic sound. Again favorably received, it was described by
The Guardianas sounding like " Freddy Krugerstalking around Tynesidein a thick fog".
The band released the album Paroxysm on
Retribution Recordsin 1993 and the live albumSnuffed on Muza Muzain 1994. The line up of the band for these albums was:
In 1994 the band ceased.
In 2005 the band reformed with original members:
They were joined briefly on drums by Mark Lough from Hug Lorenzo, however due to conflicting commitments he left and the band went back to using sequenced drum patterns.
In 2007 Tony O'Brien left the band to be replaced briefly by Dave Francis.
In 2008 the band released the single Pitmanic and album The Last Taboo of America on Saturate with the line up:
Current Line Up
Skin Down (1991 on
White Finger (1992 on
Paroxysm (1993 on
Snuffed (1994 on
Pitmanic (2008 on Saturate)
The Last Taboo of America (2008 on Saturate)
* [http://www.myspace.com/drilluk Drill at My Space]
* [http://www.drilluk.com Drill official site]
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